For first time, Iran admits security forces killed protesters

Remnants of an Iranian gas station after it was attacked last month

Although there are no official figures, Fars news agency said more than 1,000 protesters have been arrested.

The organization stressed that Shahriar city of Tehran province is one of the cities with the highest death tolls.

"Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions".

Ms Mills said there was a "general environment of fear inside of Iran at the moment". "It is necessary also to solve all units divide between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran".

Moreover, the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign of unprecedented economic sanctions against Iran has hurt the Iranian people more than the Iranian leadership.

Protests erupted in several of Iran's provinces in November, following the government's decision to increase the price of gasoline, with some of the rallies turning violent.

During the height of protests Iran shut down internet access so Iranians would not be able to share details with the outside world.

The real figure is likely to be higher.

Iran has accused its foreign enemies and opposition exiles of inciting the unrest, some of which involved people looting and setting fire to buildings.

The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, did not offer a new official death toll when asked at a news conference broadcast on Sunday. It also said some passersby and some members of the security forces were also killed.

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Amnesty International compiled the death toll from reports whose credibility it has ascertained by interviewing a range of sources inside and outside Iran including victims' relatives, journalists and human rights activists involved in gathering the information. It said it then crosschecked the information.

London-based human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday that at least 208 people were killed in the crackdown.

Emphasizing there is no other way than brotherhood and friendship between nations and countries in the region, Rouhani said, "We should all strive to end the war in Yemen as soon as possible and bring stability and security to this country in the framework of Yemen peace talks".

"Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak".

Iran blamed both area separatists and the Islamic State group for an attack on a military parade in the region in September 2018 that killed at least 25 people.

A few minutes after saying he wouldn't comment, and then immediately denying US support for the protesters, the president reversed himself, tweeting, "The United States of America supports the courageous people of Iran who are protesting for their FREEDOM".

Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London, Trump was asked if the US supports Iranian protesters in what has become the country's deadliest political unrest in decades.

Cash-strapped Iranians are protesting a rise in fuel prices.

Rouhani said the USA offers only slogans in its speeches that have led nowhere, while trying to cut deals in private that go against them.

Amnesty researcher Sam Dubberly, who leads its digital verification team, told VOA Persian that it comprises around 80 to 120 students from universities in the U.S., Britain, Canada and South Africa.

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